About us

Supporting agricultural research for sustainable development

Our mission

Agropolis Fondation is a French scientific foundation established in 2007 to promote and support high-level research and higher education (training-through-research) as well as to broaden international research partnerships in agricultural sciences and sustainable development research.

It supports projects with fellowships, doctoral and post-doctoral grants and other awards that enable leading and promising international scientists to work with the Foundation's scientific network in Montpellier thereby facilitating knowledge exchange and international partnerships.

Our scientific focus

The scientific work supported by the Foundation covers all aspects of the plant - from its genes to its environments to its final uses - and concerns temperate, Mediterranean and tropical climates. It supports research initiatives on the following five domains:

  • Genetics and genomics, plant breeding, eco-physiology
  • Integrated crop protection, plant pests and diseases, symbiotes, population ecology
  • Agro-ecosystems, agri-environmental innovations and resource management
  • Agri-food systems, processing and quality of food and non-food materials
  • Innovation processes and social management of innovation

The main issues addressed are:

1. Increasing demand for plants and plant by-products for food and non-food uses

2. Interaction between climate change and crops

3. Prevention and management of risks related to crop and food systems


Foundation Staff

Agropolis Fondation staff is composed of eigth-person team headed by its Director.

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Agronomy for sustainable development


Our core values

  • Excellence: the quality of our scientists (over 1200 researchers and teachers specialized on plant systems), our Fellows, our scientific network and our charter members.

  • Openness: international partnerships with leading scientists and research organizations.

  • Commitment: supporting projects that address the main challenges related to agriculture and sustainable development in temperate, tropical and Mediterranean areas.


Charter members

The Foundation's charter members are four of Europe's top institutions in development-oriented research and higher education in Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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Our Leadership

Governing Board
The Foundation is governed by a 17-member board that sets policies related to the Foundation's development strategy, long-term priorities and partnerships. The Director manages the Foundation's operations, as mandated by the Chair of the Board

Science Council
The 11-member Science Council provides guidance concerning the Foundation's scientific orientation.

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Research Units Leaders
The Research Unit Leaders are mainly involved in the development and implementation of collaborative research projects and international partnerships supported by the Foundation.

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